In the largest Hollywood strike in over 60 years, thousands of actors have ceased work to demand better pay, improved working conditions, and assurances against the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) replacing human actors.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) began their strike at midnight in Los Angeles, joining the ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America. This double strike, the first since 1960, could cause significant delays in film and TV productions.
Projects such as Ghostbusters 4, Mufasa: The Lion King, Avatar 3, and Avatar 4 may be impacted. Premieres and promotional events for films like Disney’s Haunted Mansion and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film could also be affected.
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), representing the studios, expressed discontent, citing potential financial hardships for industry workers.
Several top Hollywood stars have expressed their support for a strike, including Barbie actor Margot Robbie, Meryl Streep, and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson.